Donna Graves–Preserving the Past to Strengthen the Future

Donna Graves–Preserving the Past to Strengthen the Future

If you subscribe to the Journal of the American Planning Association you’ll be able to read “Tangible Benefits from Intangible Resources: Using Social and Cultural History to Plan Neighborhood Futures,” a study written by Donna Graves (LF ’10) and James Buckley of MIT. Finding that traditional historic preservation, with its emphasis on physical assets, often fails disadvantaged communities, the authors advocate a shift in thinking and practice to cultural preservation, which can “strengthen existing social and cultural minority communities rather than abetting their displacement.” Next City and the APA blog both offer summaries.

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